The Republican strategy of painting President Obama as an arrogant politician with a messiah-complex dates back to the 2008 campaign, but conservative author David Limbaugh has intensified the use of discredited smears in order to vilify Obama as an evil narcissist. While promoting his new book Crimes Against Liberty (Regnery Publishing) in an interview with blogger John Hawkins of RightWingNews, Limbaugh claims that the “Marxist” Obama and members of his Administration “are tyrannical, dictatorial Stalinists” and that he is “systematically abusing his authority to contravene the rule of law and the Constitution to the detriment of our liberty.”
Limbaugh goes on to delve straight into Birther conspiracy theories:
I’ll tell you the Framers, when they inserted that provision in the Constitution that you couldn’t have an alien be President — they did it because they didn’t believe a foreigner would have the loyalties to our country. I will just say this and this is kind of irrespective of the rule of law in the legal question, I think Obama has the kind of visceral disloyalty and contempt for America that the Framers were trying to avoid.
I honestly don’t know factually whether he was born in Hawaii, but I do know there’s a lot of suspicious activity and he’s done a lot to suppress his records. He’s gone around and asked Harvard student classmates of his not to talk about him. We don’t even know if he went to Columbia. Maybe we’ll find out later, but this guy’s mysterious and his background is so suspect and so negative after being raised by all these America-hating, racist, card-carry communists. ….And what was the question again?
But Limbaugh doesn’t stop there. After recently saying that Obama “truly believes he is god with a small g,” he goes on to say that Obama isn’t just a solipsistic tyrant, but also a secret Muslim:
Barack, while he very well may be a Christian, I’ll issue that disclaimer; I have my serious doubts for a bunch of reasons.
We don’t have time to go into them all, but he was born a Muslim. I think he has an affinity and an affection for that religion and that culture. You see it in his body language. You see it in his expressed statements. You see him writing in his book that the sweetest sound he ever heard was the Muslim call to prayer. I find that very odd that a Christian, an authentic Christian could say that.
I find it very curious that he could go to a church spewing a black liberation theology, which is more race centered and Marxist centered, than it is Christ centered.